Take a historical and inspiring journey through beautiful France along the Rhône, Saône, and Seine Rivers. Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.Your French river cruise begins on the Rhône River in Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards. Go on a guided walk of Tournon, offering plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is the third-largest city and a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. You’ll travel to Paris via high-speed train, and embark on your Seine River cruise to Vernon. Choose to visit either Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Take an excursion to Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, and witness the D-Day 75th Commemoration Ceremony at Juno Beach. Visit Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, or choose a visit to the battlefields in the area of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. From Conflans, visit the quaint town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—an inspiring location for artists such as Vincent van Gogh. You may otherwise visit the grand residence of Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison. Your French river cruise returns to the “City of Lights”—home to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. You’ll enjoy a guided walk through the narrow streets of the historic Île St. Louis and Île de la Cité where medieval Paris was founded. You may also choose a WWII-focused tour and visit to the museum of Les Invalides.
Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to FranceDay 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman AmphitheatreDay 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the PopesDay 5 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in VienneDay 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière HillDay 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting on boardDay 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Dijon–Paris (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; TGV train from Dijon to ParisDay 10 Vernon–Les Andelys: choice of excursions to Giverny or Bizy Castle; onboard history lecture; choice of guided walk, or guided hike in Les Andelys Day 11 Caudebec: choice of excursion along the “Normandy Abbeys Route”, or hike in the Natural Park; lecture on boardDay 12 Caudebec: choice of full day excursion to Normandy landing beaches, including the Commemoration Ceremony ofthe D-Day 75th Anniversary, or “A Taste of Normandy” excursionDay 13 Rouen: guided sightseeing related to the French Resistance, see the Astronomical Clock and visit the cathedral, or full day excursion to Vimy and Beaumont-Hamel. Day 14 Conflans: choice of excursions to Auvers-sur-Oise, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Château de MalmaisonDay 15 Paris: choice of guided sightseeing, or “Heart of Paris” walk, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, or WWII theme tour with visit of the museum of Les InvalidesDay 16 Paris–Venice, Italy: flight to VeniceDay 17 Venice: guided sightseeingDay 18 Venice: full day at leisureDay 19 Venice–Rome: travel by high-speed train to Rome.Day 20 Rome: guided sightseeingDay 21 Rome: full day at leisure.Day 22 Rome: your vacation ends this morning.
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.